Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
May 16, 2007
Albany- Albany Mayor Willie Adams admits there's a drug problem on Albany and Dougherty County's streets. To curb it, he's proposing Superior Court Judges consider banishment as part of drug offender sentences. Basically three strikes and you're out.
The rate of repeat drug offenders in Albany and Dougherty County is high. It's 85 percent and Mayor Willie Adams is fed up.
"I think we need to let these people know that we're serious about we're not going to have them repeatedly do drugs on our streets," said Albany Mayor Willie Adams.
That's why the Mayor plans to urge Superior Court Judges in Dougherty County to consider banishment when they sentence repeat offenders.
"We have a lot of repeated offenders and my proposal would be anyone's who's had three or more cases or convictions of dealing with drugs as part of their parole would be banishment from Dougherty County and the City of Albany," said Adams.
"Any time a Superior Court Judge wants to implement that as a condition of probation he or she can do that," said District Attorney Ken Hodges.
In November, Judge Willie Lockette sentenced 46 year old David Lee Marshall a convicted sex offender banished from Dougherty County and all surrounding counties. District Attorney Ken Hodges says the city also needs to do its part by fill its four empty positions at the Albany, Dougherty Drug Unit.
"I think more important if the city is serious in helping in the fight against drugs they should fully fund all of the position at the drug unit," said Hodges.
"I'm not sure that the number of drug agents is the most important rather than to prevent our recidivism. We have too many people who are repeatedly deal with these crime and they come back to our community time and time again," said Adams.
The courts will seriously consider the Mayor's proposal, but Hodges said there must be some mechanism in place to monitor these drug offenders, just like sex offenders must register, to ensure that once they serve their time and are banished they won't return to Albany or Dougherty County.
In Georgia, you can banish someone from every county except one, you can't banish them from the entire state.
Albany Dougherty Drug agents say their biggest challenge right now is prescription drugs. Prescription drug cases in Albany and Dougherty County have escalated, especially among teens who are abusing Oxycontin, Oxycodone, and Zanex.
The teens are often taking the drugs from their parents medicine cabinets. ADDU encourages parents to keep tight control of those types of drugs in their homes. According to ADDU, Marijuana, Cocaine, Crack and even Methamphetamine remain a problems on local streets.